Foxborough, Mass. – Boston Cathedral High School's Duane Sigsbury has been named this week's New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week in recognition of his team's Division 4A Super Bowl victory over Madison Park 22-20 on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Panthers outlasted the Cardinals in double overtime in snowy conditions at Gillette Stadium en route to the school's first Super Bowl championship. The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $1,000 to Boston Cathedral's football program in Sigsbury's name in recognition of his Coach of the Week selection.
Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, the team's executive director of community affairs, visited Coach Cormier and his team on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Boston Cathedral High School. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the team's weekly television magazine show, Patriots All Access, which airs at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.
This is the 17th year in which the Patriots join the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. Tippett oversees the program as part of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation's commitment to youth football initiatives.
"The Cathedral players and coaches have shown tremendous focus, determination and work ethic in making it to back-to-back Super Bowls," Tippett said. "These traits paid off on Saturday as they battled the weather and a strong opponent on their way to a thrilling double-overtime victory. I enjoyed visiting with the Panthers as they continue to celebrate their milestone accomplishment. The Patriots are pleased to reward Coach Sigsbury and Boston Cathedral with a donation to the football program and we congratulate them on their Super Bowl championship."
At the conclusion of the season, one high school coach will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive an additional $2,000 contribution toward the school's football program.
In 2011, Tippett decided to take the award on the road so he could visit the schools that benefit from the program. In previous years, Tippett has invited the Coach of the Week and senior captains for a visit to Gillette Stadium. This year is also the second year the Patriots will accept nominations for High School Coach of the Week. Anyone who knows a high school football coach in New England who has a great week or reaches a personal career milestone is encouraged to submit a nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is the non-profit through which the Patriots support charitable and philanthropic organizations throughout New England. This support comes in the form of direct grants, in-kind donations and player appearances. The foundation assists a variety of charitable organizations and programs throughout New England by supporting their educational, family and health initiatives.